Drivers stranded on A57 after heavy snowfall

image captionStranded drivers were taken to a village hall in South Anston

More than 100 drivers were left stranded overnight in South Yorkshire as heavy snow caused major disruption across the region.

Treacherous driving conditions on a stretch of the A57 between Anston and Worksop meant many drivers were stranded in their vehicles.

Mountain rescue teams have brought drivers to South Anston village hall.

Meanwhile, about 500 schools were shut on Wednesday and bus services suspended in Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster.

Stranded lorry driver Andy Barratt said: "The road just became undriveable from about 5.30pm last night I haven't been anywhere."

Dr Gordon Gibbons, from Woodhead Mountain Rescue Team, said: "So far everyone we've seen has been fit and well. They've been fed and watered by people living locally but the thing that's concerning us now is there's a number of empty vehicles and we need to make sure their occupants are safe and well."

Hospital advice

Elsewhere across the region, Sheffield City Council said its full council meeting had been cancelled because of the inclement weather.

Robin Hood Airport will remain closed until at least midday on Thursday, many roads are closed and South Yorkshire Police are urging people not to drive.

Hospitals are advising patients not to attend unless it is urgent, and are asking off-duty medical staff to make their way into work if they can.

Barnsley Hospital has closed its outpatients departments and cancelled non-urgent operations.

Some train services between Sheffield and Leeds have been delayed and cancelled, and bus operator First said on Wednesday it had decided to stop all of its services due to the "serious and unsafe condition" of many roads.

Sheffield Supertram said it had also suspended services between Cathedral and Herdings Park due to the adverse weather conditions.

Wedding cancelled

Northern Rail services to parts of the region have been cancelled, including the Sheffield to Adwick line.

One Sheffield couple battled through the snow for their wedding in Sheffield.

Ian Cawthorne, 25, and Alecia Houghton, 22, travelled by tram to their ceremony at the city's town hall after their wedding cars failed to turn up.

However, bride-to-be Tracy Gell, who was also supposed to get married at the town hall on Wednesday, decided to cancel her wedding because of the weather.

She told BBC News: "Looking at the weather outside I wouldn't have been able to wear my dress, so I know it's for the best."

She added: "I could have coped with a quick covering, but not this. [It's] absolutely horrendous."

Sheffield City Council said it had used 4,000 tonnes of salt in November alone on the city's roads - an unprecedented amount for the time of year.

More on this story

Around the BBC

Related Internet Links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites.